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Diminished Citizenship: A Genealogy of the Development of 'Soft Citizenship' at the Intersection of US Mass and Political Culture

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dc.contributor.advisor Albanese, Denise
dc.contributor.author Miller, Jennifer Lynn
dc.creator Miller, Jennifer Lynn en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-18T01:53:14Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-18T01:53:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8857
dc.description.abstract My thesis is influenced by such scholars as Lee Edelman, Shane Phelan, and Lauren Berlant, who sit at the intersection of queer theory and citizenship studies, my project undertakes a genealogy of contemporary citizenship subjectivity and practice in the United States. I designate my object "soft citizenship," to separate it from citizenship as defined by the state through civic and electoral practices, and to define a mode of thinking and performing politics characterized by familial-based moralization, child-centricity, sentimentality, and politicized consumption. My use of genealogy is indebted to Michel Foucault and enables a materialist understanding of cultural phenomenon as effects of social forces; for example, my project reveals the process by which the nation began to be imagined through the trope of the heteronormative family, a practice still prevalent today, which reflects the child-centricity and familial-based moralization I attribute to soft citizenship.
dc.format.extent 238 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Jennifer Lynn Miller en_US
dc.subject American studies en_US
dc.subject Women's studies en_US
dc.subject Gender studies en_US
dc.subject censorship en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject film en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject nation building en_US
dc.subject sexuality en_US
dc.title Diminished Citizenship: A Genealogy of the Development of 'Soft Citizenship' at the Intersection of US Mass and Political Culture en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Cultural Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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